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Awesome Wave [Import]

alt-JAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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Winner of the 2012 Mercury Music Prize
Brit Award Nominated categories: Best Album, Best British Band and Best Breakthrough Act

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B007RX32XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. (Interlude 1)
3. Tessellate
4. Breezeblocks
5. (Interlude 2)
6. Something Good
7. Dissolve Me
8. Matilda
9. Ms
10. Fitzpleasure
11. (Interlude 3)
12. Bloodflood
13. Taro
14. Hand-Made

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the hotly tipped UK outfit, who have a totally unique musical vision. Pronounced alt-J, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch `J' on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning for the band, as guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, in mathematical equations it's used to show change, and the band's relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Awesome Wave June 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Alt-J (triangle/increment on a Mac) could be categorized as indie, but that doesn't seem fair. The experimental sound that this quartet created for "An Awesome Wave" is smooth and satisfying but not dominating to ward off the normal crowd. Expansive instrumentation and distinctive vocals will envelop you. From the opening track with use of piano and synthesizer you may try to find familiarity, but the following short a cappella intermission will throw that directly out the window.

Vocal harmonies can be heard throughout the album to accompany some brilliant, albeit simple, guitar work. Sometimes we can feel that intricate instrumentation is needed to build a unique sound, but some artists have shown us differently and this is a prime example. However, I do not want to downplay the ingenious work on this album. You will be stunned.

"An Awesome Wave" is easily one of the best albums of the year. What really sucked me in was the way everything flowed incredibly well from track to track--each so different and refreshing that you won't find yourself skipping back and forth to your favorites the first few times through.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning July 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is stunningly, hauntingly beautiful. I find myself in the somewhat unfamiliar position of being *that* gal... The one so excited about some band you never heard of.

Give this album a listen. I haven't been so affected by an album in years. Who cares what the genre is... Does it even have one? The harmonic complexities tug at my soul, and each song is catchy, makes you want to move, but is also haunting and bittersweet.

Love.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Album of the Year! September 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Rarely do I hear something that sounds so completely fresh and groovy at the same time. An Awesome Wave finds this English band synthesizing elements of art rock, jam band, and pop music in a way that I believe had yet to be done. This band isn't for everyone, for sure. But I think it will work for A LOT of people. I spend most of my free time making, listening to, and discovering new music and this album will definitely find a place in my top ten albums of 2012 list as well as my best albums of all time list.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow January 28, 2013
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Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The first time I heard Alt-J I wasn't so sure. What initially pulled me back to them thought was the line "Triangles are my favorite shape" in the song Tessellate. Something about that just caught me, and made me realize that there was something going on here that I didn't know about. Well, after a couple weeks of finding myself again and again looking them up on Spotify for another taste I decided it was time to invest. After that it took no time at all before they had infiltrated my brain and taken over completely.

I don't always care so much about whether or not music manages to do something "new". I think "newness" is generally pretty over-rated actually, or at least the single minded pursuit of it. But something like this album...

It feels to me that in this case the incredibly unique sound wasn't the goal, but instead more of a bi-product of a group of people really digging down to the core of things, to their own core, and getting to that point where in order to stay true to yourself you can't help but revolutionize.

Music like this makes you look forward to the future while still reconnecting to the past. It brings people together. It does exactly what music is supposed to do. Good work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memerizing January 19, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
Just the drums and synths alone make this album worth it, everything else is a happy bonus, from the odd vocals to the noodly guitar lines you are instantly drawn in and kept busy for the length if the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2013 hands down June 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You thought Breezeblocks was the only song that was good? Buy this album. I rarely buy music thanks to spoitfy, but I had to buy this to support these guys. I recently saw them at Bonnaroo and was blown away. They are a true true talent that needs all the respect in the world. I recommend buying this and putting it on repeat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is their next album? I can't wait! November 18, 2012
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I knew I had to get this album! Alt-J was introduced to me by a great Seattle radio station called KEXP. When "Taro" came across the airwaves, I was all too ready for something new. For the most part I was impressed with the dynamic lyricism and unusual vocals--I just couldn't get them out of my head! Alt-J literally transformed a gory war-time story into a tragic, poignant love story :) If you take the trouble to seek out the context of some of their other songs, you'll see their penchant for putting that unique spin on things, and I LOVE IT! The only thing I wish I'd done before purchasing the album was to also purchase a great set of headphones so I could listen to every detail of their multi-layered musicality. So, listen to this album for the first time with a good sound system, or you might miss something amazing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting album, love at first listen October 31, 2012
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I've had this album on repeat. I bought it after hearing Fitzpleasure. Although that's still my favorite song, the rest of the album is very good. It's atmospheric yet kick*ss, and it almost makes you feel like you're in a movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift for a friend and he absolutely loves it. I also love this band too.
Published 1 day ago by Bailey Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying the whole album
I loved this album. The music is diverse, with different ranges and vocal sounds. Usually with an album I like only a couple of songs but this album I loved them all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Energizerbuni
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible... Speechless
Most unique, beautiful CD I've ever heard.. and I'm a junkie when it comes to music. This band has changed the way I view music, I never thought I'd hear something so different and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jil
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome is right
What a great group to finally make it big. After having Tessellate make an appearance in Sons of Anarchy the rest of the world is begining to hear the great sounds of Alt-J
Published 8 days ago by C. Stepp
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I love this album and the Vinyl came with no problems whatsoever. Any Alt J fan should definitely get this!
Published 11 days ago by Shawn Sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I ordered this after listening to the samples on Amazon. This group explores sound like no other that I have heard in a while (admittedly, I don't get to hear tremendous amount of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Musette
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done 5 stars
One of the best albums I've heard in quite Some time. A mixture of new and old perfectly blended into a perfect piece.
Published 18 days ago by Kyle Mack
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed
CD read error when I tried to play it in my car. It worked to play in my laptop, but not in my car. So sad
Published 22 days ago by Erin Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars A great listen
I love this album. Must listen to the whole thing all together. I love this band, give it a listen
Published 25 days ago by Elliott Bliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Mellow. Sensual. Reflective. Atmospheric. Earnest. Cathartic. Wistful. Intimate. Amiable/Good-Natured. Searching. Refined. Stylish. Dreamy. Eccentric. Poignant. Sophicated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luvimor
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